Antique Vintage Nouveau 10k Gold Diamond Pop Out Coin Lady Liberty Locket Brooch
Age Circa: Art Nouveau C. Markings: Marked "10k" on the clasp and "3" on both sides of the inside of the locket as well as an unidentified pictograph makers mark that is a triangle with a line down the center and "10k" on the inside right side of the locket, Tested, and Guaranteed. Gram Weight: 8.4 Grams.03 Carats, Eye clean and sparkly. Stone Treatment: The stone(s) appear to be untreated, but we are not certified gemologists. Stone(s) have been tested and guaranteed using a professional Presidium Duo refractive, heat, and hardness tester. Stone Cuts: Old European Cut. Item Measurements: The brooch measures 1.17" in diameter and is 0.46" in depth when the locket is closed. There is about 0.26 of space within the locket including the popped out face of the coin, and 2.5 mm worth of space not including the face. Brooch, Lapel Pin, Hat Pin, Scarf Pin.
Pin Stem with Locking "C" Clasp. If desired, your local jeweler can attach a bale to this piece, so it can be worn as a pendant. Notable Features: This pin brooch was handmade during the Art Nouveau era.
The Art Nouveau era took place towards the end of the 1800s and beginning of the 1900s. The Art Nouveau era was characterized by several different movements that took place or began during this era. For instance, the Aesthetic period would have been culminating towards the end of the nineteenth century, though its influence on Art Nouveau is clear as the two styles both share a passion for light and airy pieces that focus on the intrinsic beauty of the piece rather than overwhelming it with jewels. The Art Nouveau era would have also been influenced by the Jugendstil movement, which was occurring at the same in Germany, both being stylistically driven by the natural world.Finally, the Arts and Crafts movement arose out of the same sentiment as the Art Nouveau era as they both represented a desire to turn away from the industrial and urban and return to the peace of days before, which is represented in the presence of pastoral scenes and earth tones in their respective pieces of jewelry. The focal point of this brooch is the figure of lady liberty emerging from a star-spangled motif. This locket brooch was made in the pop-out style, a style which is traditionally created when the face of a dime or other type of coin is hammered into high relief. This type of metalworking is also referred to as repousse, an ancient technique that involves hand-hammering precious metals into the desired shape. This type of jewelry is not only extremely rare, but a pop-out style item that is as old as this brooch locket is even rarer.
The face of lady liberty is immediately noticeable as it is in high relief away from the rest of the item. The stars that line that outer edge of the locket are also in high relief, but less so.The gold immediately surrounding the face of the figure was made to look cracked, as if lady liberty herself was truly breaking through the locket. This locket is currently a pin brooch but could easily have a bale added to be converted into a pendant. It could be multi-purposed and used as a decoration on a purse. Such beautiful statement pieces like these don't appear often. Don't miss your chance to preserve this rare piece of history. The low relief portions of the brooch are slightly patinaed, which adds to the affect of the brooch and aids in highlighting the figure of lady liberty. The glass that protects the mementos within the locket is slightly small and does not stay within the frame. The back of the brooch is fairly tarnished, specifically surrounding and on the stem of the pin, which is to be expected of an item this age. This listing is for the item only.
Repoussé began as an ancient metalworking technique dating as far back as the 3rd century BC, involving malleable metal that was hammered onto the reverse side to create an image on the front. Examples are found all over the world; Greece, Egypt, and even the Hopewell periods in the American southeast. Reverse side hammering was also used to add detail to the front, creating intricate patterns using grooves, indentations, and channeling. The piece was then carefully polished to create a hollow, eye-catching treasure.Diamond is derived from the Greek word, adamas, which means unbreakable. Diamonds are extremely rare, with the earliest diamonds being discovered in India around the 4th century BC and being traded along the Silk Road; the trade route between India and China. During the latter half of the 18th century, diamonds were discovered in South Africa. Diamonds are renowned for their strength and brilliance of color and ability to reflect and disperse light.
This is what gives them such a brilliant sparkle. Colors range in blue, yellow, brown, green, purple, pink, orange, and red; the less color a diamond has, the higher its grade is. Diamonds range from 1 billion to 3.5 billion years old, and because of their age and qualities, have become the symbol for love across many cultures. The Old European Cut was the last type of diamond to be cut completely by hand.It was the successor of the Old Mine Cut diamond and the predecessor of the modern round brilliant cut. The Old European Cut was very popular during the Edwardian and Art Deco eras. It is round and has a high crown and more facets than previous cuts, giving these stones a high sparkle. These diamonds are very rare today, as most were re-purposed, and cut into more modern shapes. The item "Antique Vintage Nouveau 10k Gold Diamond Pop Out Coin Lady Liberty Locket Brooch" is in sale since Sunday, January 27, 2019. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Art Nouveau/Art Deco 1895-1935\Pins, Brooches". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Metal Purity: 10k
- Modified Item: No
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Unknown
- Metal: Yellow Gold
- Main Stone: Diamond
- Brand: Unidentified Makers Mark